Rat Slayer Nanaki
No matter how tired I am, I wake when the sun rises.
if only I can do that too
Today is a school day for master. I cannot relax. After lifting my body from the bed, I dashed into the shower room. Yesterday I was tired out and ended up sleeping as is. I stripped off the work clothes scorched here and there and bathed in comfortably warm water. Ah, the sheets are probably pitch black.
….you messed up
When I checked after finish by shower, as expected the sheets were covered with soot. Let’s have the new work clothes and sheets be bought by deducting from Nanaki’s salary. And I need to prepare something as an apology. Nanaki’s circumstances caused a lot of trouble yesterday.
But my mood is clear.
as a sunny day~
I took out a change of work clothes and equipped it, once I added on the headband, Maid Nanaki is completed. Good morning, Everyone around the world. It’s Nanaki.
Lastly adjust my appearance in the full-length mirror. Today I took extra care with my appearance. Nanaki must work yesterday’s share as well to show sincerity. Today, failure is not allowable for Nanaki. In addition to my usual duties, let’s prepare morning tea for master.
Well then, let’s go in high spirits.
iza! senjou e!
Is what I would like to say. But for some reason I felt master’s presence from the courtyard. What could he be doing in the courtyard so early in the morning? It’s simple, if I am curious I can just go meet him. With that decided, Nanaki is fast, check appearance one last time.
what could it be~
Target: courtyard, no presences on route, no danger of collision, clear to launch.
“Good morning, master.”
“Morning. ……I’ve gotten used to you appearing suddenly.”
I think that is a very good thing. Please understand Nanaki more. Nanaki will not forget yesterday’s debt. I will stay by your side dignifiedly. Thus please rely on me more. For example cooking.
“A practice sword?”
What master holds in his hand is a practice sword knights use for training. To be training this early in the morning in the courtyard, until now this has never happened before, what change of heart is this?
a good one?
“You’ve come at the right time, can you watch a little?
admire your master’s skill
No, never mind the reason. Nanaki just needs to devote myself to my master. Just speak up when I think he is mistaken. But Nanaki’s master is a splendid person, so the day I speak up might not come. I really think he is a splendid person.
oh that’s gre-
“Hold the sword with both hands, master.”
I immediately spoke up to caution him.
Many people misunderstand but a sword is not to be swung with one hand. Of course if one has power and technique they will be able to cut, but if an amateur person swings with one hand, they probably would not even be able to cut paper. It might seems simple when looking, but a lot of technique is required to wield a real sword.
….I’m fine with a bow
Sword muscles, I see. Physical strength, balance, I see I see. Centre of gravity……I see.
“Ho! ……how is it?”
“It must have been tiring, I shall go pour tea.”
It’s not like I was trying to escape. Nanaki does not escape. But it is the truth that I am somewhat troubled. Now, what should I do? Right, let’s give the freedom of choice to Master and have him decide. Maids should be reserved. As expected of Nanaki, a splendid maid.
(T?N: ‘メイドとはかくあるべきだ’=Maids should be reserved? tasukete)
“Should I evaluate it harshly or mildly?”
“It was not a good performance even for a first time. With that said, to aim to be a knight from now would require a suitable amount of resolve. And the time and effort spent would have to be more than others.”
“Let’s give up and find another path.”
“…………I, I see.”
just give up
Ah, I hurt master a little. But the one who asked for both was master. Nanaki is not at fault.
My master’s lack of athletic ability is a little surprising. All his movements are clumsy. Unfortunately I can’t feel even a shred of talent within those movements. Even if he aimed to be a knight from now on, it would probably be a useless. Then before he spends his time uselessly, Nanaki must say it forcefully.
gatsun to iikikasete!
But a follow-up is still necessary. Of course, not for his sword skill. In my capacity as Nanaki, Nanaki suggests that delicious tea is necessary to heal master’s wounded heart. In my capacity as Nanaki, Nanaki approves the suggestion. Unanimous agreement, begin action. Set course for the kitchen, set sail.
“I shall go quickly pour some tea.”
No need to be reserved my master.
don’t stop Nanaki
Nanaki remembers her failure from before. She won’t make the same failure another time. First perfectly imitate head butler Ridolf’s movements, up to here it is fine. The problem is temperature. To think that amount of time spent making that string of movements I had thought was useless was to cool the temperature.
head butler ridolf wins
If I know the trick, then Nanaki can do it too. Nanaki is a special human, I cannot call myself a master maid without being able to pour a single cup of tea. Redeem myself, the time has come to show Nanaki’s maid abilities.
Be that as it may.
How should I check the if the temperature of the black tea is suitable? How did head butler Ridolf do it? I had completely thought it was useless movements and did not commit them to memory. What a failure. I can’t tell the exact temperature by touching the cup, drinking it to check might result in scalding again.
what a dilemma
Closed in on all side, nonaki.
(T/N: 否ナキ (inanaki),否=no )
The option known as giving up does not exist for Nanaki. The pride I bear in my heart has chosen to affirm the world. Nanaki has prepared to accept everything. I have the resolve. I must not run away from suffering. Facing it is when my pride shines. The Nanaki now has the solution to this.
Now, this is suitable. To the master.
“That was slow for Nanaki.”
not instant solution?
It took time to cool, please forgive me. But this time I have poured the tea perfectly. Now please drink up. This Nanaki is not foolish enough to repeat the same failure.
master maid in training
“……Oh, it’s ordinarily tasty.”
Complete victory. Spontaneous smile, nanakismile. Everyone around the world, it’s master maid Nanaki.
“It’s the perfect temperature, nicely done Nanaki.”
praise nanaki more
When I think of it, the way to check the temperature of the black tea is simple. It is strange how I did not realise such a simple thing. This can be said to be something I have learnt from the battle with Envy. Nanaki will accept it.
“hai hus hee fuu keck hal heing kalged.”(I just need to check while being scalded.)
“Hurry up and go cool down.”
After finishing my morning’s work while licking a lot of ice, I once again headed to the kitchen to help with breakfast preparations.
maybe this time…?
“Good morning, head butler Ridolf.”
“Ah, good morning Nanaki-san.”
“Is there anything I can help wi——“
“Thank you very much. I will accept just your feelings.”
What a nice smile that does not permit objection, head butler Ridolf. Retreat, silently.
head butler ridolf wins again
Which means Nanaki now has nothing to do. No, if I looked for it there are endless things to do. First let’s check if I missed anything during this morning’s cleaning. And then the conditions of the furniture——
who is it?
This presence, could it be.
what is it?
Dash to where the presence is at top speed. With lightning speed, that describes Nanaki’s dash. Target confirmed, secured. To be able to meet in Freyline, this must be fate. A nanakismile for you that is struggling in my hand.
Hello rat-san. I’m Nanaki.
I think that round and fat body is extremely good. Nanaki’s nose is sharp, it seems this rat-san is not carrying any diseases. Even if this town has existed since a long time ago, the infrastructure is new. People shouldn’t be throwing out much garbage. What have you been eating to live?
The strong consumes the weak, Nanaki is stronger than the kind of beasts. This is our last meeting, it seems you want to be eaten tastily by Nanaki. No, it’s long-awaited foodstuff I finally got my hands on. Let’s have head butler Ridolf eat it. And this is part of Nanaki’s punishment of not eating meat for one week because of that incident with Shiel-sama.
forgot about that
But there is one problem.
an obvious one
It seems normal people do not eat rats. If I cook it and head butler Ridolf does not eat it, its life will go to waste. That is not good, that is different from predation for one’s own sustenance. Excluding if there is something that cannot be yielded, Mother has said that needless killing is wrong.
“……do not appear in front of Nanaki again.”
I will eat you next time.
The rat ran out of the courtyard in a panic. Rats are smart, it probably won’t enter this estate again. Live well.
The rat I was watching got caught by a falcon. Come to think of it falconry is popular among aristocrats. This is the aristocrat town Freyline, falcons flying around is a common sight. The rat let out sad death cries as it disappeared into the sky.
Hecate’s advice applies for rats, applies for apples
I once again typed part of it with one hand because I was eating an apple. Being able to type with my dominant hand alone instead of non-dominant hand alone is quite different~
Anyway I only noticed it when I tasted something strange and realised there was fungus growing in my apple.
……the only worse experience was when I was drinking a cup of water and looked down to realise I was drinking water full of dead ants.
….I really can’t handle bugs